Saturday, November 13, 2010
Buried at the Union Cemetery, in the country in Union County, Iowa are my Great Grandparents Charles Burgus, d. 1898, and Elizabeth Ries Burgus. b.1847, d.1911. I think it is interesting that they died 13 years apart and that the same stone has been given different treatment with the writing of information. I want to visit this cemetery sometime as Charles Burgus has some writing below his name that I want to know. The two of them had 13 children. My dad Jesse T. Burgus is standing in the photo, the third generation of those buried there.
One of the 13 children was a son named Charles Thomas Burgus. That confused me when I was young as the great grandfather and grandfather had the very same name. He was the chosen one to be named after his dad. My grandmother's standing in the photo in her wedding dress. She was Grace Elizabeth Turner Burgus. The photo is coming from a locally published centennial book of Murray, Iowa made in 1968. It is a low resolution publication and I can't bring the photo into a sharper form with my photoshop.
I can't screw up the dates on this one as it is sandblasted into granite. They are buried on top of the hill at the Murray, Iowa Cemetery. Grace Burgus had parents with the name of Turner, and her mother was an Abernathy. I have found some interesting reading among my parents things about Abernathy's as they helped to settle Idaho before it was a state and they lived among the native American Indians. They lived in Slurbie Valley somewhere in Idaho.
Sepia Saturday has helped me to touch the tip of the iceberg. I have here writings that my parents have received from various relatives and old photos of people that I don't know. It is just a beginning as I have to get a structured way of recording this started. I have a few more years to get on it and time will be that I can really dig in to it all. I have heard verbal tales about Ries', Abernathy's, Turner's, and of course the distant Burgus's. It makes so much more sense that it ever has before but I do want to take control of it all. But, I still have piles to go and promises to keep. My apologizes to Robert Frost.
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